Theo Lucius

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Theo Lucius
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Lucius as a Feyenoord player
Personal information
Full name Theodorus Martinus Maria Lucius
Date of birth (1976-12-19) 19 December 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Veghel, Netherlands
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
1982–1990 VV Heeswijk
1990–1996 Den Bosch
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Den Bosch 67 (7)
1998–2006 PSV 144 (8)
1999–2000 Utrecht (loan) 32 (3)
2006–2009 Feyenoord 78 (7)
2010 Groningen 4 (0)
2010–2011 Den Bosch 24 (0)
2011–2012 FC Eindhoven 25 (3)
2012 RKC Waalwijk 0 (0)
2013 FC Eindhoven 12 (0)
2013–2014 Kozakken Boys 16 (0)
National team
2005 Netherlands 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Theodorus Martinus Maria "Theo" Lucius (born 19 December 1976) is a Dutch former professional footballer who plays for Kozakken Boys in the Topklasse. He can operate as a right or central defender, and also as a defensive midfielder.

He spent most of his 16-year professional career with PSV, winning nine major titles with the club, notably four Eredivisie championships, and appearing in 254 games in the competition overall (17 goals).

Club career[edit]

Den Bosch[edit]

Theo Lucius was born in Veghel, North Brabant.[1] When he was five years old he started his football career at amateur side VV Heeswijk. He joined BVV Den Bosch eight years later, being reconverted from a striker to a midfielder; since the age of 15, he also worked as a carpenter, and made formwork for a concrete factory.[1]

In the 1996–97 season, newly appointed manager Kees Zwamborn awarded Lucius with his senior official debut, an Eerste Divisie match away against BV Veendam on 20 August 1996 (0–1 loss), and the player was an undisputed starter in his two years with the 's-Hertogenbosch outfit, as it consecutively fell short in the promotion playoffs.

PSV[edit]

In the 1998 off-season, after reported interest from FC Utrecht, AZ and PSV Eindhoven, Lucius chose the latter, managed by Bobby Robson. He played 25 games in his first season, winning the Dutch Supercup.

When Erik Gerets took over from the English, Lucius was sent on loan to Utrecht, returning to the Philips side for the 2000–01 campaign and continuing to be regularly used under both the Belgian and his successor, Guus Hiddink, as the club won four Eredivisie championships, also reaching the semifinals in the 2004–05 edition of the UEFA Champions League, being eliminated by A.C. Milan in the dying seconds of the game (3–1 home win, after a 0–2 loss in the first leg); in his last two years, the player was used more as a right back.

Feyenoord / Later years[edit]

Lucius moved to Feyenoord for the 2006–07 season, scoring a career-best five goals in 27 games as the De Kuip side finished in seventh position. He won the following year's domestic cup, against Roda JC (2–0).

Following the return of Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Lucius was stripped of his captain armband. In June 2009, his contract with the Rotterdam club ended, and Lucius spent the following months training with former club Den Bosch in view of a permanent move, supposedly with an amateur contract; eventually, nothing came of it and he joined FC Groningen for one season.[2]

In July 2010, aged nearly 34, Lucius finally returned to Den Bosch, again in the second division.[3] At the end of the season, he moved to another club in the category, FC Eindhoven.[4] After one year he joined RKC Waalwijk on an amateur basis, but left after only one month due to lack of playing time,[5] rejoining his previous club in the following transfer window.

International career[edit]

On 4 June 2005 Lucius made his debut with the Netherlands, led by Marco van Basten, in a 2–0 home win against Romania for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Four days later, in the same competition – again as a starting right defender – he won the second of his three caps, in a 4–0 win over Finland.

Honours[edit]

PSV
Feyenoord

Club statistics[edit]

Season Club Competition Apps Goals
1996/97 Den Bosch Netherlands Eerste Divisie 34 3
1997/98 Den Bosch Netherlands Eerste Divisie 33 4
1998/99 PSV Netherlands Eredivisie 25 1
1999/00 Utrecht Netherlands Eredivisie 32 3
2000/01 PSV Netherlands Eredivisie 17 1
2001/02 PSV Netherlands Eredivisie 23 1
2002/03 PSV Netherlands Eredivisie 14 0
2003/04 PSV Netherlands Eredivisie 22 4
2004/05 PSV Netherlands Eredivisie 22 1
2005/06 PSV Netherlands Eredivisie 21 0
2006/07 Feyenoord Netherlands Eredivisie 27 5
2007/08 Feyenoord Netherlands Eredivisie 29 1
2008/09 Feyenoord Netherlands Eredivisie 18 0
2009/10 Groningen Netherlands Eredivisie 4 0
2010/11 Den Bosch Netherlands Eerste Divisie 24 0
2011/12 FC Eindhoven Netherlands Eerste Divisie 25 3
2012/13 RKC Netherlands Eredivisie 0 0
FC Eindhoven Netherlands Eerste Divisie 12 0
Total 382 27

Personal[edit]

In January 2004, Lucius made headlines for selling illegal fireworks to a man from Breda in December of the previous year. When using the device, the man was badly injured and lost his eye. As a result, Lucius spent a few days in jail[6] and was sentenced to community service,[1] first to 80 hours, which was raised in 2006 to 240 hours.[7][8]

He is also a poker player, with a rather negative record.[9]

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